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Shally Steckerl’s Favorite Sourcing and Productivity Tools

A sourcer is only as good as their tools. After all, without a functional email account, strong WiFi connection or a decent computer, the amount of work even the most committed and talented sourcer is able to accomplish is limited. But, assuming you have all of the above, what else out there can help you take your work to the next level? Well, you’re in luck, because in honor of the 2017 World's Greatest Sourcer competition, we spoke with sourcing guru and WGS judge, Shally Steckerl, to get an updated look at his favorite sourcing and productivity tools.



The 4 Things That Helped Me Win The World’s Greatest Sourcer

The 2016 World’s Greatest Sourcer competition was a challenge truly worthy of its name. It tests you in so many different ways that you have to be truly plugged into the pulse of the industry to be in contention. The challenges test your knowledge of the basics, your mastery of tools and methods, and your ability to solve difficult puzzles with little to go from.

When the 2016 competition heated up in the later rounds, the challenges became tougher and tougher, and often required multiple steps to complete. I’d read the challenge and think I had a quick solution, only to find myself in front of the computer 2 hours later, wracking my brain for the right answer. There was plenty of trial and error, a lot of research on past methods and tools I had heard about but forgotten along the way, and even a few lucky guesses here and there. Each week the challenges were mentally exhausting, but also exhilarating to know you had stretched yourself and successfully complete a challenge that just hours earlier seemed impossible. These are the 4 things that helped get me through:



How to Stay Ahead of the Healthcare Hiring Curve

The competition to hire quality healthcare workers is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5 of the 10 fastest growing professions are in healthcare, which, as an industry, is poised to generate 2.3 million new jobs and experience 18 percent growth between 2016 and 2026. What’s more, between 2016 and 2026, the top 6 growing health care related roles -- home health aides, personal care aides, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapy assistants, and medical assistants, will each see between 29 and 47 percent growth.

But those are not the only healthcare professions slated for growth. Roles ranging from doctors of all specialties, registered nurses, healthcare administrations and occupational therapists will also see growing demand for their skills. One thing is clear: if you’re hiring for healthcare, the time is now to set yourself up with a competitive edge.



The 16 Amazing Books Every Modern Recruiter Should Read

Two years ago, we worked with The Sourcing Insitute's Shally Steckerl to publish the first list of books every sourcer and recruiter needs to read. This year, to celebrate the launch of the 2017 World's Greatest Sourcer competition, we've worked with Shally again to assemble an updated version with some of our favorite recent reads. 

You'll notice a few themes. Most of the books are focused on mastering and understanding communication skills, modern technology (like AI and automation), the fundamentals of human behavior, teamwork, and how to keep learning throughout your life. To different degrees, sourcing and recruiting at a high level requires each of these skills. Keeping them sharp will let you stay ahead of the curve in the always-evolving world of talent. 



The Future of Recruiting is AI and other thoughts from HR Tech

If there's one thing I've learned from my life in recruiting, it's that the technology we use changes constantly but the fundamentals often remain the same. Yes, we've gone from Rolodexes and phone calls to job boards and emails to texting and even social media recruiting. But the skills that we use to talk with and engage candidates have not changed all that much. Still, change is afoot. 



Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech Conference Sets Stage for 2018

2017 is winding down but there’s still at least one more major recruiting show to go! Later this month, Entelo will take on the Sunshine State for the Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech Conference in Palm Beach from November 28 – 30. This event will explore the art and science of talent acquisition and spotlight the game changing impact artificial intelligence is having on sourcing, recruiting and candidate engagement.